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Alpine Electronics Ships XM Satellite Radio NavTraffic Receiver

Alpine Electronics Ships XM Satellite Radio NavTraffic Receiver

TORRANCE, Calif., May 9, 2006 — Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of high-performance mobile electronics, today announced that the company is shipping the HCE-100XM, XM Satellite Radio XM NavTraffic data receiver. When connected to Alpine’s NVE-N872A, a DVD-based, satellite-ready fixed navigation system, drivers can have continuously updated traffic information to help guide them through select U.S. markets (subscription required).

The NVE-N872A offers comprehensive map coverage of the United States and Canada with turn-by-turn guidance so drivers can concentrate on driving. With the optional HCE-100XM and XM NavTraffic service subscription, users in 31 major U.S. metropolitan areas can see the location-specific traffic detail not only at their current location, but also along their planned travel route.

The NVE-N872A and XM’s NavTraffic service, powered by NAVTEQ Traffic, provides on-screen traffic information and alerts users with:

* Color-coded traffic congestion levels, indicating the average traffic speed along major highways (where available)
* Incident icons for notification of congestion along the travel route, including accidents and road construction
* Re-routing options to get around upcoming traffic snarls, so drivers may save time by choosing the most efficient route possible

“Alpine strives to make the driving experience exceptional. We can’t control external factors like traffic jams, but we can make dealing with it better,” said Stephen Witt, vice president, Marketing, Alpine Electronics. “When using the XM NavTraffic receiver and service with our fixed navigation system, consumers have more information about their route and can make more informed decisions about which way to go.”

The HCE-100XM is available now at authorized Alpine retailers at a suggested retail index of $300. XM NavTraffic service subscription sold separately. Visit www.xmradio.com/xmnavtraffic for subscription details. The NVE-N872A, also available at authorized Alpine retailers, has a suggested retail index of $1,700 (choice of monitors sold separately).

Alpine Electronics is an automotive electronics system supplier and an ISO certified global corporation. Alpine specializes in engineering and manufacturing products for mobile media systems that include audio, video, satellite-linked navigation and connectivity solutions. With research and development facilities in Asia, Europe and the U.S., Alpine is the automotive specialist for premium sound systems and vehicle navigation for both aftermarket and OEM factory installations. Alpine Electronics is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world’s premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics equipment. Visit www.alpine-usa.com to learn more about Alpine products or to find an authorized retailer.

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